Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be visiting Saudi Arabia from 4-6 March 2015

Islamabad, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will be visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 4-6 March 2015 on the invitation of His Majesty King Salman […]

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Islamabad, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will be visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 4-6 March 2015 on the invitation of His Majesty King Salman Bin Abulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. This will be his first official visit to the Kingdom since assuming the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2013.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation that would include Finance Minister, Mr. Ishaq Dar, Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi. During the visit he will hold talks with the King, perform Umrah and visit Madinah to offer prayers at the Masjid-e-Nabvi (Peace Be Upon Him).

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are tied in close fraternal bonds of shared faith and values. Being the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the King of Saudi Arabia has a special place in the hearts of every Pakistani. Saudi Arabia also hosts more than 1.7 million Pakistanis whose remittances contribute substantially to the economy of Pakistan. Annual trade volume between the two countries exceeds US$ 4.5 billion.

The official visit of the Prime Minister will provide an opportunity to the leadership of the two countries to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern in the global and regional context and further strengthen our close bilateral relations.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: +92-51-9205494
Fax: +92-51-9204202
Cell: +92-336-5644459

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Prime Minister briefed on nuclear power programme

Islamabad, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was given a briefing on Pakistan’s Nuclear Power Programme by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission at the PM House here today. […]

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Islamabad, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was given a briefing on Pakistan’s Nuclear Power Programme by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission at the PM House here today. Matters relating to K2 and K3 power projects as well as future projects which are being planned came under discussion.

The Prime Minister said provision of funds for these projects would be arranged in line with the NPP Vision 2050. He said the government is taking all possible measures for meeting energy shortage in the country including nuclear energy.

Minister for Defence, Khawaja Muhammad Asif; Minister for Finance, Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar; Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood and DG Strategic Plans Division (SPD) were present during the meeting.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +92-51-9252323 and +92-51-9252324
Fax: +92-51-9252325 and +92-51-9252326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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16-member business delegation leaving for 13-day visit to Australia on March 04

Lahore, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): A high-powered 16-member business delegation is leaving on March 04 (today) for 13-day visit to Australia. Former LCCI chief and Chairman TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh […]

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Lahore, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): A high-powered 16-member business delegation is leaving on March 04 (today) for 13-day visit to Australia. Former LCCI chief and Chairman TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh will lead the delegation while LCCI Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi will be the Deputy Head. The LCCI delegates belong to Power Generation, Leather, Packaging, Plastic, Agriculture and other sectors.

During the visit, LCCI delegation will have various high-profile meeting with their Australian counterparts and the government officials and will also visit various Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi has hoped that visit of delegation would not only bring the Pakistani and Australian businessmen closer but would also open news avenues for joint ventures. The visit will help strengthen the relations between two countries.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat,
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-222-499
Fax: +92-42-6368854

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Uganda wants to enhance trade relations with Pakistan: Dr. Asuman Kiyingi

Islamabad, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan and Uganda enjoyed historic political relations, which should be transformed into growing trade and economic relations as bilateral trade between the two countries was […]

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Islamabad, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan and Uganda enjoyed historic political relations, which should be transformed into growing trade and economic relations as bilateral trade between the two countries was far less than the available potential, observed H.E. Dr. Asuman Kiyingi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and In-charge of Regional Cooperation of the Republic of Uganda while addressing business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Minister was accompanied by H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ahmed Kissule, Ambassador of Uganda accredited to Pakistan, Mr. Dennis Tumukinde Personal Assistant to the Minister, Mr. Mawanika Brian Phenox Second Secretary Embassy of Uganda in Iran and Mr. K.K. Ahsan Wagan Director (Africa), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

He said Uganda was an agricultural country with 90 percent arable land and both countries could share experiences and expertise in irrigation, mechanized farming and value addition of agro products to achieve mutually beneficial results. He said Uganda offered best investment opportunities with easy access to big market of 200 million people of East African Community and Pakistani investors should explore Uganda for investment and joint ventures in areas including energy, food processing, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas and extraction of iron ore etc. He said Uganda was producing quality tea and coffee and wanted to sell these products directly to Pakistan.

He appreciated the role of Pakistan for providing trainings to Uganda in various fields including diplomatic, medical and scientific research and also commended Pakistan’s private sector for promoting education in his country led by the University of Lahore. He stressed that these good ties should be used for strengthening trade and commerce between the two countries.

He said that President of the Republic of Uganda H.E. Mr. Yoweri Museveni would visit Pakistan this year and he had come to Pakistan to explore areas of cooperation that could be beneficial for both countries. He said that Islamabad Chamber of Commerce should sign MoU with Uganda Chamber of Commerce for establishing Joint Business Council that would be helpful in enhancing bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries.

In his welcome address, Muzzamil Hussain Sabri, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that Pakistan’s “Look Africa Policy” reflected its keen desire to improve relations with African countries and added that strengthening trade cooperation with Uganda would contribute positively in achieving these objectives.

He said strong cooperation between both countries would be mutually beneficial as Pakistan provided easy access to Uganda to huge markets of South and Central Asia while Uganda provided Pakistan better access to big African market. He said both countries should facilitate enhanced direct interaction between private sectors in order to realize available business opportunities.

He said ICCI would try to organize a delegation for Uganda to explore business matchmakings and new avenues of mutual collaboration. M. Shakeel Munir, SVP ICCI presented vote of thanks and M. Ashfaq Hussain Chatha Vice President ICCI was also present at the occasion.

For more information, contact:
Khalid Chaudhry
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526, 2253145, 8432676
Fax: +9251 225 2950
Email: icci@brain.net.pk
Website: www.icci.com.pk

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Pakistani house-hunters have embraced mobile Internet over traditional offline methods for finding their ideal home

Lahore, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistani house-hunters have now embraced mobile Internet over traditional offline methods for finding their ideal home. This can be attributed to the growing number of 3G and 4G users across the country. Pakistan currently boasts 30 million internet users, 15 million smartphone users and around 12.8 million active, monthly Facebook …

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Lahore, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistani house-hunters have now embraced mobile Internet over traditional offline methods for finding their ideal home. This can be attributed to the growing number of 3G and 4G users across the country.

Pakistan currently boasts 30 million internet users, 15 million smartphone users and around 12.8 million active, monthly Facebook users, more than half of which are active via a mobile device. According to global search engine giant Google, 2014 was the year of mobile internet and this trend is expected to continue. As a result, more and more property seekers are turning to mobile tools such as smartphone apps to search current real estate listings.

Saad Arshed, Country Director of Pakistan’s best real estate website Lamudi.pk, commented that: “There is a mobile revolution underway in the real estate market in Pakistan. It is for this reason that we developed a mobile Lamudi app for both Android and iOS users in 2014. Both of these got a tremendous number of downloads within hours of their launch.

Moreover, our website is registering an increase in the number of views received from mobile devices, with over 860,000 mobile and tablet users visiting Lamudi.pk over the past six months. This points to the fact that mobile devices are becoming an integral part of house hunting in Pakistan. As the price of smartphones continues to drop, mobile internet will shape the future of real estate in Pakistan.”

In a survey conducted by Lamudi.pk in 2014, the bulk of the property sector acknowledged that with the advent of real estate portals, the number of people searching for property online has increased. Real estate agents and brokers reported an increasing number of property queries from overseas Pakistanis via these real estate websites. Pakistani nationals living overseas no longer need to return home to look for property as they can make the most of online tools, including mobile.

With the dramatic decrease in the price of smartphones and their widespread availability, the use of mobile house-hunting services is expected to accelerate over the next decade, Arshed said.

For more information, contact:
Lamudi.pk
Arfa Software Technology Park
346-B, Ferozpur Road,
Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-LAMUDI (111-526834)
Cell: +92-345-8404207
Email: wecare@lamudi.pk
Website: www.lamudi.pk

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Pakistan’s National Referee Ahmed Rauf honoured

Lahore, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Young Pakistani Referee M. AHMAD RAUF will leave for Kuala Lumpur to Participate in Project Future 1st Development Course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Most prominently […]

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Lahore, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Young Pakistani Referee M. AHMAD RAUF will leave for Kuala Lumpur to Participate in Project Future 1st Development Course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Most prominently Ahmed Rauf is the student of Mechanical Engineering (Final year) in U.E.T Lahore.

Young Ahmad is selected in Top 12 Men Referees of Asia by the AFC for the Course that will be conducted from 05 to 10 March 2015. Ahmad is 3rd Pakistani Referee in the History that is selected for the Project Future Development course. He has officiated more than 20 International Matches at Youth Level. He has also officiated Pakistan Primer Football League (PPFL) and Pakistan Football Federation League.

The course will consist on Theory and Practical Training. FIFA Fitness test will also be conducted during that Course. Referees from Korea, Japan, Singapore, Oman, India, china and Syria will participate in this
course. After that, the participants will turn to Maldives, Japan and Malaysia for the Remaining Courses of Project Future Development Program. After the completion of this Program, Shortlisted Participants would be considered in those who will be given chance to Officiate FIFA 2022 WORLD CUP.

For more information, contact:
Syed Muhammad Hasnain
Acting Media Manager
Pakistan Football Federation
PFF SECRETARIAT, PFF House,
Opposite Punjab Stadium, Ferozepur Road,
Lahore – Pakistan.
Tel: +92 42 99230821, +92 42 99230822
Fax: +92 42 99230823
Email: mail@pff.com.pk

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Sindh Govt finalises strategy to dispose of pending surplus stock of wheat and purchase fresh crop of wheat from growers at highest rate of market

Karachi, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Sindh Govt has finalized the multi dimensional strategy to dispose of pending surplus stock of wheat and purchase fresh crop wheat from the growers […]

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Karachi, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Sindh Govt has finalized the multi dimensional strategy to dispose of pending surplus stock of wheat and purchase fresh crop wheat from the growers at highest rate of the market Rs 1300/= 40 Kg. The Ministerial Sub-committee for food in its meeting presided over by the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah at CM House Karachi today decided under directives of the Chair, initially to open wheat procurement centres at the areas of Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas Divisions from March 15, 2015 with efficient supply of Bardana (Gunny Bags) purely to the growers without fail.

The meeting also opened the new window of 6 months credit with Bank guarantee to sale the wheat to traders on subsidized rate of Rs 3250/= per 100 Kg or bag and also continue efforts to export the same. Keeping in view of recession in the International Market, The meeting recommended to the Federal Govt to keep its offer of rebate of $45 US on per ton export intect till the internationals market is improved / raised and suits to export.

The members of Ministerial Committee the Sindh Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Dahar, Sindh Minister Excise and Taxation Giyan Chand Essrani, The Secretary to CM Alumuddin Bullo, Secretary Food Saeed Awan, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Director Food Muhammad Bachal Rahpoto and other officers attended the meeting. It was also decided to shift the pending stock of wheat from Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur godowns to Karachi and ensure to supply monthly requirement of 2 million ton wheat to the Karachi market in addition to export or sale it to the local traders.

It was also decided that the godowns of Shaheed Benazir Abad, Nausheroferoz , Jamshoro etc be vacated by sailing the wheat local traders before the complete harvesting of fresh wheat crop. The meeting also reviewed the district wise procurement plan with district wise target and supply of Bardana to growers and decided that all the procurement centres established last year to be continues this year as well. It was also decided that district wise wheat procurement committees representing all stake holders under the supervision of DC concerned should also be constituted for the satisfaction of the growers.

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing the meeting directed the officers to give priority to the small Khatedars while procuring the wheat in the field. He strictly warned to officers not to provide Bardana to the traders but to follow the instruction by District Wise Committees.

He said that with Grace of God, the per acre yield of the Sindh province was increasing year to year as such today we are in surplus of each Agro product including wheat. Besides, un expected import of 7 lakh ton wheat with the permission of Federal Govt has imbalanced the market and created problem for the Govt. However he maintained that Sindh Govt was trying its best to overcome this issue.

The Chief Minister also directed the officers to take crackdown operation against the hoarding and illegal movement of wheat into province on the boarders. He allowed the officers to use the law under section 144 CrPc as soared against illegal movement of wheat.

He directed the officers to create market for disposable of pending wheat and also to prepare strategy from now to export the wheat after harvesting new crop in month of May-June, when traditionally International Market to be high. He said PPP Govt is spending huge amount in Billions to protect the rights of the growers and consumers and it to continue in Future as well.

The Sec Food Saeed Awan while briefing the meeting said that at present Sindh Govt has about 8,90,000 ton in pending. He said that as many as 46,000 ton wheat has been disposed of recently while this process was in progress. He informed that a deal to dispose of 4 lac ton wheat on 6 month credit with Bank guarantee was about ready to execute.

In addition to that only Karachi needs about 1.5 to 2 lac tons in a month and by the month of April and early May about 4 lac tons could be disposed of during the period. He said that presently the food department was issuing wheat from godowns of Ghotki, Sukkur and added that by complete harvesting of fresh crop of wheat in the month of April and early may, the godowns of Shaheed Benazirabad, Nausheroferoz, Jamshoro and other district be vacated for fresh procured wheat stock.

He said that as per the decision of the ministerial sub committee, the Food Department has made complete arrangement to procure the 9 lac tons of wheat from the field. He said that arrangement of required Bardana and staff has been completed.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +92-21-99202019
Cell: +92-300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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Anis Majeed meets Senior Vice President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Karachi, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Mr. Anis Majeed, Chairman, Karachi Wholesale Grocers Association visited FPCCI and met the Senior Vice President of FPCCI Abdul Rahim Janoo and congratulated him on […]

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Karachi, March 03, 2015 (PPI-OT): Mr. Anis Majeed, Chairman, Karachi Wholesale Grocers Association visited FPCCI and met the Senior Vice President of FPCCI Abdul Rahim Janoo and congratulated him on resuming the office of Sr. Vice President with high margin of votes in the recent elections of FPCCI’s office bearers.

He discussed the matter of price list of the grocery items and the law and order situation in the jodia bazaar which is one of the oldest markets of Karachi. Anis Majeed said that his association will arrange a dinner in the month of March in the honour of Abdul Rahim Janoo, S. M. Muneer and other office bearers of FPCCI and during which he will discuss the matters of grocers association which need the attention of FPCCI to resolve the same with the concerned quarters. Abdul Rahim Janoo assured him of all necessary support and cooperation.

For more information, contact:
M. A. Lodhi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Shahra-e-Firdousi,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +92-21-35874332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

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